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What is the gray whales diet?

Last Updated: 28th June, 2020

Gray whales mostly eat shrimp-like amphipods, but also eat surface-dwelling swarms of krill and small, schooling fish. A Pacific gray whale feeds by swimming slowly over the muddy bottom, at depths down to 200 feet.

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Then, what is a gray whales habitat?

Gray whales are found mainly in shallow coastal waters in the North Pacific Ocean. There are two geographic distributions of gray whales in the North Pacific: the eastern North Pacific stock, found along the west coast of North America, and the western North Pacific stock, found along the coast of eastern Asia.

Beside above, do gray whales eat humans? No, whales do not eat people, they primarily eat small aquatic lifeforms such as fish, squid and krill and a few dolphin species are even known to eat marine mammals such as seals, sea lions, walruses and whales, but they are not known for consuming or eating people.

Thereof, what do gray whales do?

Gray whales filter their food through coarse baleen plates. Gray whales are unique in that they prefer prey that live near or on the sea floor. They suck sediment and prey from the sea floor by rolling on their sides and swimming slowly along sucking sediment and prey from the sea floor.

Are GREY whales dangerous?

No, whales aren't typically dangerous. Actually for the most part whales are generally curious and friendly oceanic creatures. In some cases they can even be seen approaching boats in an attempt to understand what's going on. Those that aren't particularly curious are often solitary and shy.

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What does a gray whale look like?

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What is a group of GREY whales called?

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Did all 3 whales survive in 1988?

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Are gray whales aggressive?

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Is the gray whale extinct?

Least Concern (Population stable)

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How long is the annual GREY whale migration?

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How often do gray whales eat?

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Where do gray whales mate and give birth?

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How big do gray whales get?

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How close to the shore do whales come?

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How long can a blue whale hold its breath?

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How many gray whales are in a pod?

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Do GREY whales breach?

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How many gray whales die each year?

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Where can you see gray whales?

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Do whales eat sharks?

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